Definition of shelf
- the author of a shelf of best sellers
- off the shelf equipment
Put the vase on the shelf.
the top shelf of the kitchen cabinet
Will you get that book down off the shelf?
We don't have much shelf space.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: a flat board which is attached to a wall, frame, etc., and on which objects can be placed
geology : a flat area of rock, sand, etc., especially underwater
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